The Architect’s Studio: Wang Shu
Das Glas der Architekten. Wien 1900–1937
As a long-term joint initiative of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and the Pentagram foundation, Le Stanze del Vetro is dedicated to the exploration, preservation, archiving and digitisation of glass art in the 20th and 2st centuries. In January this year, collaboration with Le Stanze del Vetro, resulted in the exhibition “The Glass of Architects. Vienna 1900–1937”, which can still be seen until 17 April 2017. This collection of more than 300 glass objects from the last decades of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the end of the First Republic can now be seen in Vienna for the first time. The display of glass objects is supplemented by the architects’ designs. Together with the exhibition “Handwerk. Tradiertes Können in der digitalen Welt“ [Handicrafts. Traditional Skills in the Digital Age] (running until 9 April 2017), MAK redirects the focus onto glass as an essential material for craftsmanship and design in various epochs.
Augmenting the Invisible
Jakob and MacFarlane founded their eponymous, multidisciplinary and internationally staffed architecture studio in Paris in 1997. It is now considered to be one of the most experimental bureaux in France on account of extraordinary projects such as the Frac Centre in Orléans, the Orange Cube and Euronews Headquarters in Lyon, and Les Docks_, the centre for fashion and design in Paris. The Aedes Architekturforum in Berlin is presenting famous works by this pair of architects in the exhibition “Augmenting the Invisible”.
In the early 1990s, Juergen Teller became world-famous for his unembellished photographic portraits of supermodels like Kate Moss and as the official tour photographer of the cult band Nirvana. Until 23 April 2017 the Kunstpalais [Art Palace] in Erlangen is holding a large individual show devoted to work by Teller, who was born in Erlangen. His talent for capturing the characters of famous personalities in intimate moments became his artistic strategy. His nude photographs of the American Hollywood legend Charlotte Rampling in the Paris Louvre are exemplary of this talent and style. He focuses on everyday intimacy with a clear, documentary light and colour aesthetics and has thus developed a completely new style, one that resulted in a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg in 2014. His Frankish origins are a recurring theme in his pictures, and this is also true of the photos in this exhibition – conceived specially for Erlangen and the Kunstpalais.
The exhibition “Case Studies. Product Design into the 21st Century” offers a diverse view of current Icelandic product design. As the name suggests, the discipline and its local expressions are examined using examples from recent practice that also provide information about various factors involved in the design process. Events such as talks and workshops are part of the accompanying programme.
Korea: Design + Plakat
South Korea is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The country’s companies are not only leading the way in communications technology, the automotive industry, and in shipbuilding, but also in heavy industry, such as steel production (form 270, p. 36). For the first time, the Neue Sammlung is showing design, handicraft, and posters from South Korea from the 1980s to the present in its exhibition “Korea: Design + Poster”. Here, design means both individual handmade pieces and industrially mass-produced items. In addition to being known for simple beauty and perfection in handicraft, South Korea’s culture has become a leader in Asia and has also been influencing the West for a long time now in the form of many Korean name-branded products.
Women in Advertising
In its exhibition “Women in Advertising” running until 25 June 2017, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London is highlighting the theme in a series of talks and a commissioned film. The museum’s permanent exhibition offers the context for better understanding the portrayal of women’s roles in advertising. A guide specially created for this purpose leads visitors through the major exhibits and highlights the changing role of women in advertising. The question of how the consumer culture has evolved alongside this changing role in society will also be considered. The short film introduces ten well-known television commercials from the past 50 years and shows how gender-specific stereotypes in advertising have changed.
The museum’s current exhibition “Gern modern? Living Concepts for Berlin after 1945” looks at the predominant question in Berlin during the post-war period: “How shall we live?” This question is used to examine concepts and ideas for actual and ideal furnishing, all developed by the Deutscher Werkbund and, together, present a comprehensive picture of the Werkbund’s initiatives. In addition to lesser-known objects and documents in the museum’s own collection, the exhibits include loans of furniture, posters, plans, and drawings as well as historical images and films and a construction kit from the Berlin housing advice centre. The “D.I.Y. Wohnberatungsstelle” [D.I.Y. housing advice centre] platform invites visitors to become actively involved with the subject through its varied programme of workshops, talks, and presentations.
Monobloc – Ein Stuhl für die Welt
The chair is probably the most common and most frequently designed item of furniture, making the “cheap white plastic chair” seam almost irrelevant in a survey of the history of seating in a design context. The Monobloc, a cost efficient chair made from a single piece of plastic, is nevertheless at the heart of this latest exhibition, “Monobloc – A Chair for the World”. The idea of making a chair from just one piece of material dates back to the 1920s. Until Henry Massonnet created the Fauteuil 300 in 1972, the predecessor of the affordable plastic chair, many others put their minds to the task including Verner Panton, Helmut Bätzner, and Vico Magistretti. Taking 20 objects, the exhibition not only presents the technical development of the chair but also its specific cultural connotations and social contradictions.
ING Creative Festival 2017
The arts district Alserkal Avenue in Dubai is one of the most important centres of contemporary art in the United Arab Emirates. From 13 to 15 April 2017 it is also the venue for the annual ING Creative Festival. Over 22 international speakers from 15 different countries are expected to take part. Among them are Andrew Gordon of Pixar, Benson Shum of Disney and Doug Powell from IBM. In over 30 workshops still other speakers will share their knowledge with participants. The varied offering ranges from packaging design and branding to bookbinding. In addition, there will be a creative market where each of the 55 exhibiting artists will represent a country.
Transportation Design – Des=Ing
Taking the title “Transportation Design – Des=Ing”, the second conference of the VDI Wissensforum offers information to participants on technical design in mobile applications. Designers and engineers will convene for inspiring two days of exchanging knowledge and ideas as part of an integrated product development. The event also offers strong practical relevance and will be looking at the new VDI guidelines on “methodical product development” and “industrial design” (form 271, p. 62). In addition, design will be discussed as a central instrument in launching brands as well as topics such as usability and user experience as success factors in the digital age will be under the spotlight. Tickets for the two-day conference can be purchased online for 890 euros.
D&AD Festival 2017
This year, each day at the Design and Art Director Festival has its own theme. The first day is dedicated to the enormous challenges faced by our planet in “The Earth Will Shake”; day two has the title “Staring at the Sun” and considers the changes in technology, trends, and working methods of the creative industries; the final day is entitled “Outrageous Magic” and intends to give leading designers and creatives the opportunity to interact and talk about how their ideas evolved. The speakers include the designer Stefan Sagmeister, the founder of Refinery 29, Piera Gelardi, and the creative director Erik Kessels. The standard entrance fee for three days is 222 pounds and 50 pounds for students.
Schriftenlese. Arbeiten von Hans Burkardt und Andreas Spengler
Ink on paper has become a rare sight in this digitised age. On April 25 2017 the exhibition “Schriftenlese. Arbeiten von Hans Burkardt und Andreas Spengler“ [Schriftenlese. Works by Hans Burkardt and Andreas Spengler] opens in Hanover and the calligraphic work of Hans Burkardt meets the blotting paper art of Andreas Spengler.
Bibliothek für Gesellschaftsdesign
Friedrich von Borries originally initiated the idea of a library for social design at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg with the intention of expanding the range of publications students are exposed to during their training. The idea was that every month during their course, they should grapple with a new book on social design – in addition to their specified reading list.
AXA PPP Health Tech & You 2017
The aim of the “AXA PPP Health Tech & You” programme is to discover, promote, and support international innovators in the area of medical technology. The competition of the same name and the current exhibition were set up by AXA PPP Healthcare, the London design museum, and 2020 Health and are dedicated to the growing field of digital healthcare. In addition, an important part is played by the question of how technology can be used meaningfully to obtain greater control over one’s own health and well-being. The exhibition presents this year’s winners in six categories, all of which represent different aspects of health technology.
Designmonat Graz 2017
This year marks the ninth occasion that the Designmonat [design month] in Graz is being held with the aim of giving visitors insights into the different creative disciplines found in the city. Under the slogan “Smart Design – Smart Production” exhibitions, workshops, and lectures will be looking at the tools of the digital networking age. Against this background, the Smartness conference will take place to offer inspiration and networking opportunities to developers, researchers, programmers, and designers – the creators of the new technological age. Again, as part of the Designmonat, the “Selected” exhibition will take place, at which international labels showcase trends in current interior design – this year located in the Natural History Museum for the first time.
Pictoplasma Conference & Festival
The Festival for Contemporary Character Design and Art is holding a conference, film screenings, artist talks, lectures, presentations and exhibitions from 11 to 14 May 2017. While international artists and producers meet at the conference to discuss future strategies for figurative representation, the festival will focus on the latest trends in character design and art. Among others, speakers include Georgina Melone and James Yuen, designers for the toy manufacturer Hasbro, the Berlin-based artist and illustrator DXTR and the animation designer Jack Sachs.
Animago Award 2017
The specialist journal Digital Production has offered the Animago Award for 20 years. It is an international award for 3D animation and stills, visual effects, visualisation and design. Interested parties have until 31 May 2017 to submit their projects and work to be considered for the award. There are eleven different categories such as best advertising production, best visualisation, best still and there is also the special architecture prize for film visualisation which is presented by Detail, the architecture journal. There is no charge to enter. The award for the category of best young production is endowed with prize money of 3,000 euros. The award ceremony will take place as part of the Animago Conference on 7 and 8 September 2017 in the cultural centre Gasteig in Munich.
The Great Graphic Boom
In its exhibition “The Great Graphic Boom”, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo is currently looking at the enormous interest in printmaking that emerged in the 1960s. Whilst Pop Art made use of popular culture and consumer goods, Minimalism reduced everything to abstract, repetitive shapes. On display is work by 23 artists who were key players in the various art trends that emerged at this time. Prominent examples of Expressionism are on display such as “Cantos Serie” by Barnett Newman (1963) and works from the Pop Art era, such as Roy Lichtenstein’s “Brushstroke” (1965) and Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans” (1962).
Intensive Care: Architecture and Design in Healthcare
Since 2013 the Bureau Europa in Maastricht has served as a platform for architecture and design. The exhibition “Intensive Care: Architecture and Design in Healthcare” will be held there until 25 June 2017. It highlights the challenges of care in the 21st century from different perspectives and design disciplines – such so-called diseases of affluence and the psychological ailments associated with them as well as ethical concerns.
Friedrich Kiesler: Architekt, Künstler, Visionär
The Martin-Gropius-Bau is devoting an exhibition to Friedrich Kiesler (1890-1965), until 11 June 2017. As an Austro-American architect, stage designer, designer and theorist, he is seen as a universal artist of his time and was a central figure of the New York “Aesthetic Community”. To this day, his design theories are considered to be among the great visionary ideas of the 20th century. “Friedrich Kiesler: Architect, Artist, Visionary” presents his multifaceted work for the first time in Germany. The exhibited projects outline his field of influence as well as his importance for the history of architecture and art.
Warten. Zwischen Macht und Möglichkeit
We are always waiting – at the supermarket checkout, for the lunch hour or at the bus stop. Waiting is an everyday phenomenon that applies to all of us regardless of our age. So how do we use our lifetime as we wait for a specific event? The large-scale exhibition “Waiting. Between Power and Possibility” approaches the question through the works of 23 contemporary artists, among them photographers such as Andrea Diefenbach, Paul Graham and Andreas Gursky. In addition, a website has been designed specifically for the exhibition, which serves as an online platform for photos, texts, films and information on the exhibition. Materials from artists, authors and representatives of different disciplines are also provided.
Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration 1917–2017
Constructing the New Man
After the Russian Revolution and the subsequent civil war, the Soviet government introduced various economic reforms. Posters and films were used for the purpose of providing an influential means of propaganda. The exhibition “Constructing the New Man” in the Stedelijk Museum is dedicated to the development of film as an art form, and displays posters by various artists who contributed to creating a socialist society working with everything from satirical cartoons to photographic and film editing techniques. The exhibits include posters, print products, films, and art from the museum’s own collection. The oldest political poster dates back to 1918 and shows instructions for soldiers in the Red Army.
Pop Art, My Love
Tadanori Yokoo (1936–) is one of Japan’s major contemporary artists. Although the work by this graphic designer, illustrator, and painter seems at first glance to have little in common with science fiction mangas, the Maison d’Ailleurs’ exhibition “Pop Art, My Love” focuses on these two themes. On thorough examination, various common features become clear, such as the similarity of the straightforward production process of Yokoo’s screenprint posters with the production process of comics. In addition, Yokoo’s work is inspired by motifs in pop art and science fiction and is translated into a Japanese aesthetic, which in turn inspires European and American artists and comic designers.
Casa de Vidro
The exhibition “Casa de Vidro. Lina Bo Bardi in Dialogue with Sverre Fehn” at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo contrasts the works of the two architects, Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) and Sverre Fehn (1924–2009). The installation of Bo Bardi’s glasshouse in Fehn’s glass pavilion serves as a starting point for the dialogue between the two architects, who did not know each other personally. The works created by these two highlight many similarities, such as the sculptural use of reinforced concrete, their longstanding commitment to various renovation projects, their use of recycled materials and their respective interest in exhibition design. The dialogue extends into the various levels of the exhibition with Bo Bardi’s iconic easels and Fehn’s modular wall elements.
NÆS: Every Straight Line Bends by Its Own Weight
The latest exhibition “NÆS: Every straight line bends by its own weight” in Helsinki’s design museum is concerned with the archived documentation of the Finnish participation in various Milanese triennials and the footprints these have left. The focus is on what happens behind the scenes and on the interfaces between design, national discourse, and its media construction in order to examine how the heroic legends of Finnish design arose and has been promoted and legitimised. Using interviews, panel discussions, and readings, well-trodden paths are abandoned and initiate an updated discourse, itself a temporary artistic intervention, and it is also intended to invite visitors to actively participate in a supporting programme.
Konstellationen – Konstelacie – Constellation
In its latest exhibition, “Konstellationen – Konstelacie – Constellation” in the Neue Sammlung at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Studio S+M+L_XL Metal and Jewel is displaying work from the current jewellery course in Bratislava. The Studio S+M+L_XL Metal and Jewel at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design is one of the newest courses there, founded in 1992. The various sizes given in the name stand for the different dimensions that are represented in the broad range of education from small jewellery artefacts to mass-produced items of jewellery up to oversized works for architectural spaces. In addition, the course is celebrating its silver jubilee this year using the occasion to present its latest works concerned with jewellery in various constellations.
Concrete Design Competition
The Concrete Design Competition has taken on the theme of “Surface” this year which in this case is defined as a spatial limitation and separation of an object and its environment. The material qualities of concrete should be in the spotlight, and its applications and uses researched. Students in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, and design are eligible to enter the competition if they are enrolled at a German university or have graduated within the last year. The prizes include participating in an architectural trip lasting several days, various prize monies, and book vouchers. The submission deadline is 12 June 2017.
NWW Design Award
The design prize for innovative interiors offered by the furniture manufacturer Neue Wiener Werkstätte takes place this year under the slogan of “The New Hospitality – How Furniture Supports Us in the Art of Hosting”. The theme is based on an increasingly fast-moving society, in which everything is in motion and old traditions obtain a new meaning and can provide support. The competition invites designers and students to submit furniture designs that focus on hospitality in all its aspects and make it possible: storing, installing, altering, removing, personalising, folding, working, and hosting. Submissions can be entered until 30 June 2017. The winning designs will be made into prototypes and shown in a touring exhibition.
Deutscher Recycling Designpreis 2017
The aim of the eighth German Recycling Design Award is to design objects for everyday use or for decorative and furnishing purposes out of waste or discarded industrial or manufactured materials. The aim is to make something useful out of something useless – from furniture to clothing and textiles to accessories. The assessment criteria are primarily aspects such as creative quality, utility value, novelty and future potential, and feasibility. Designers and creatives from all disciplines are invited to take part. Participation is free of charge and the submission deadline is 15 November 2017. The award ceremony will take place on 28 January 2018 in the Marta Herford Museum for Art, Architecture, Design. The winners will receive a total of 4,000 euros in prize money.
Rot – Eine Filminstallation im Raum
Big Bang Data
Every day, we all generate an increasing volume of data – with our smartphones, on social networks, when shopping online or via GPS sensors. Over the past five years, scientists, academics and government organisations, companies, and the cultural sector have also noticed this phenomenon. The exhibition entitled “Big Bang Data” in the Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague tackles the various possibilities and scenarios offered by this subject.
Otto Bartning’s theoretical ideas, as well as his churches, housing and cultural buildings have left a lasting impact on German and European building culture. The exhibition “Otto Bartning (1883–1959). Architect of Social Modernism” offers an extensive insight into his work for the first time.
The textile design course at the KASK School of Arts in Ghent is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year – what better reason to dedicate an exhibition and a publication to the discipline? To mark the occasion, international textile artists and students at the school are invited to present their work.
The See Conference addresses the visualisation of information and is this year in its twelfth edition. The organisers from the agency Scholz and Volkmer wish to apply themselves to sustainable data visualisation and are therefore on the lookout for new perspectives for effective communication and presentation, particularly those dealing with the effects of our actions on society and the environment. This year’s speakers include the architect Alison Killing, the illustrator and poster designer Teresa Sdralevich, the communications designer Mario Lombardo, the animator and film director Floris Kaayk, and the thinker and art theorist Bazon Brock.
The 22nd Typo Berlin conference will be taking place from 25 to 27 May 2017 under the title of “Wanderlust” and is dedicated to topics of digital communication, mobility, and virtuality, the distractions of our time. In over 60 presentations, workshops, and discussions, designers, developers and creatives from around the world will be talking about their aspirations, and will relate how they themselves use digital tools and how the digital and analogue world takes them on journeys – both positive and negative. The speakers include the design studio Catalogtree, Erik Kessels, Eike König, and Erik Spiekermann.
Plakate von Klaus Staeck
SingularityU Germany Summit 2017
The Singularity University is a nonprofit organisation which is part of the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley offering training activities, innovative partnerships, and programmes for individuals, companies, institutions, and governments with the intention of introducing them to new technologies and to demonstrate opportunities to put them to best use. This year’s speakers include the digital strategist and creative Maks Giordano on the subject of mobility in 2025, Maarten Steinbuch on artificial intelligence, the researcher Anju Patwardhan on the finances of tomorrow, the strategist Marc Goodman on cyber security, and the author and entrepreneur John Hagel on the future of work (form 268, p. 36).
SIDIM Salon du Design
This year from 4 to 6 May 2017, the 29th Salon du Design will take place in Montreal presenting an overview of tomorrow’s trends. The event is organised by the PID Agency and is the largest show for design professionals in Canada. On show are new trends and technical developments in the areas of ambient lighting and urban and architectural lighting. In addition to ergonomics and sustainability, smart homes and smart offices will also play a role. Alongside the Award of Excellence ceremony on 5 May 2017, there will also be a symposium and an exhibition on the theme of “Shadows and Lights” for the first time this year, both of which will tackle the world of lighting.
Vortragsreihe Informationsdesign: YAAY
As part of the lecture series on information design at the Academy of Art and Design in Basle, there will be a presentation on 4 May 2017 by Yaay, a local agency specialised in this subject. The studio is known for its simplification of complex information and for consistent, sustainable, and information- oriented communications design. The lecture will offer visitors deeper insights into the experiences and work of the studio and provide the opportunity for face-to-face interaction. Over the period of the series, Joost Grootens from Amsterdam (form 255, p. 47) and Hahn and Zimmermann from Berne will be present on 18 May and 8 June 2017 respectively to give lectures and present their work.
The seventh edition of the Wanted Design festival will take place from 17 to 23 May 2017: a week of events, workshops, presentations, and retail activities focusing on design. The idea began with bringing culture and entrepreneurship together, and it now offers a comprehensive contribution to the discourse on design and provides young and independent designers with a space to network and be inspired. The event intends to bring together designers, manufacturers, and suppliers who are pursuing the goal of driving their companies forward in the US. A new feature for this year is the Wanted Career Day on 17 May 2017, at which young creatives are encouraged in their careers and find new opportunities to network within the industry.
Food Revolution 5.0
Food is the basis of our existence, but in our present prosperous society food has long been part of an eccentric self-portrayal and has almost become a religion. In contrast with this, on the other side of the world, increasing numbers of people battle to survive: climate change, scarcity of resources, an increasing population, hunger, and geopolitical crises require us to rethink – in terms of production, packaging, sales, consumption, and waste disposal. The exhibition “Food Revolution 5.0. Design for Tomorrow’s Society” is dedicated to this subject with visions and concepts by designers, architects, and scientists, and poses pressing questions in this context: What does the future of our food look like in a growth-driven society characterised by dwindling resources?
Nendo: Invisible Outlines
The exhibition entitled “Nendo: Invisible Outlines” follows on from a presentation in Hornu given in 2013 on the same theme. The “Nendo phenomenon”, which developed at some considerable speed, describes the development and work of the Japanese collective led by Oki Sato. His designs are characterised by a continuous consistency and powerful design language, and are pervaded by simple lines with a certain humorous twist. Irrespective of whether it is dealing with furniture, accessories, cutlery, interior designs or architecture, studio Nendo gives all its works the same natural rigour and its own striking poetry.
Edition Disegno. Filme zur HfG Ulm
In spite of closing just under 50 years ago, the Ulm School of Design is still numbered amongst the best-known design schools internationally which is no doubt due to its prominent founders and lecturers as well as its far-reaching influence. Peter Schubert, one of its graduates has captured this in the film series entitled “Edition Disegno”, from which a selection appeared for the first time in digital format at the beginning of 2017. Two of the films will be shown in three different cities: in Basle on 22 May, in Zurich on 23 May, and in Osnabrück on 31 May 2017.
Clerkenwell Design Week
The initial starting point for the Clerkenwell Design Week was London’s desire to celebrate its diverse creative community, and to invite home-grown and foreign brands and companies to the city. With a programme of showroom events, exhibitions, and installations throughout the district, the design community in London is presenting its eighth edition of the Clerkenwell Design Week. Highlights in the three-day event include the “Platform” format in the House of Detention, that presents a curated selection of international newcomers and the latest in design, as well as the “British Collection”, to which St James’s church plays host again and where local designers will be displaying their latest furniture and light designs.
What Design Can Do
The What Design Can Do conference is taking place again this year in Amsterdam on 23 and 24 May 2017 and will be aiming to achieve even more than in previous years. The title is “Radical Change: The Climate Edition” and the event will be looking at climate change and the question of how designers can best embrace the subject.
The London Design Museum’s exhibition “California” tackles the assertion that “Designed in California” is the new “Made in Italy”. Although mid-century modernism (form 268, p. 88) in California is well-documented, this exhibition is the first to discuss its current global influence. The exhibition begins with the 1960s and traces the counterculture (to the technical culture in Silicon Valley). In the past, California has been a pioneer for personal liberty in various things ranging from LSD to skateboards and iPhones. The exhibition displays political posters, personal computers, and self-driving cars and additionally includes works by user interface designers alongside hardware.
Biennial of Design Ljubljana
The Biennial of Design Ljubljana was the first of its kind to be founded in Europe back in 1964 with the aim of serving as a long-term and collaborative testing ground for design and the improvement of everyday living conditions. This year sees its 25th edition under the title of “Faraway, So Close” dedicated to tackling alternatives to the urban habitat. Even though the urban space is still valid as a contemporary model, people nevertheless leave on their search for other solutions. Against the backdrop of this development, the biennial devises concepts over seven sites across Slovenia and in co-operation with international design studios for new potential living environments.
Design Thinkers 2017
The Design Thinkers conference invites creatives to explore how design can link people or ideas, brands, and experiences in new and innovative ways. Speakers will share with the audience their experiences from different perspectives, working environments, backgrounds, and industries. The conference intends to impart new skills and knowledge to designers dealing with the increasingly complex tasks they face every day. The speakers include Casey Caplowe, cofounder and chief creative officer at Good, Dana Cho, partner at Ideo, Ralph Gilles, head of design at Fiat Chrysler, and Tinker Hatfield, vice president of design at Nike.
3 Days of Design
The 3 Days of Design event was established in 2012, and every year since then it has invited journalists and those interested in design to Copenhagen to showcase the latest design ideas emerging from Denmark. The event wishes to stand out from conventional fairs and promises a special experience including a curated selection of over 60 designers and brands. Meeting in showrooms and flagship stores, visitors have the opportunity to discuss ideas with designers and manufacturers in person and to actively participate in creative workshops and talks. Also taking part in the event will be the Designmuseum Danmark, the Danish Crafts and Design Association, the Enigma Museum of Communication, and various art galleries.
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is best known for his work with Kanye West and the fashion house of Louis Vuitton and his characters inspired by anime. During his career, Murakami has blurred the boundaries between high and mass culture, antique and modern, east and west. In a comprehensive retrospective, the exhibition “Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” presents 50 of his works spanning three decades. The works show the artist’s roots in Japanese painting and folklore and his careful use of handwork and materials. In addition, his perceptive view of themes such as globalisation, media culture, and the unaltered dangers caused by nuclear power are picked up on.
For the third time, Denfair is dedicated to presenting selected Australian and international design companies and offering a platform to up-and-coming as well as established designers. The event’s highlights include the new category of Sound Precinct, in which new sound and acoustic products will be showcased. Also, leading Australian galleries and independent artists get the opportunity to present their latest works in The Gallery. This area will for the first time be expanded by a bar, allowing informal networking to take place. Other highlights are the Supply Section, where popular design objects are displayed, and the Textile District, offering visitors interesting insights into woven, knitted, and printed fabrics.
FITC Future World
As an international event company for design and technology, FITC is also interested in the latest research developments in robotics and artificial intelligence, and as such the Future World event intends to serve as an information and exchange platform, enabling collaboration between designers, inventors, researchers, industrialists and visionaries. The one-day event will include seven presentations, a panel discussion and a series of demonstrations, which should give insights into the possibilities of future technologies.
Design Miami Basel
Design Miami sees itself as a global forum for design and each edition brings together collectors, designers, gallerists, and critics from around the world to address the connection between design culture and trade. Design Miami Basel held in June every year is one of the leading events in the areas of collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating design objects (form 270, p. 70). Furniture, lighting, and art objects from the 20th and 21st centuries are not only offered for sale but are presented in conjunction with a supporting cultural programme consisting of panel discussions and lectures in the disciplines of design, architecture, art, and fashion, often in collaboration with various designers and design institutions.
I Never Read,
The I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel takes place from 14 to 17 June 2017 in the Kaserne Basel. This art and artists’ book fair focusing on Swiss and international, institutional and independent publishers, authors, artists, and designers acts as a platform with the aim of creating links between text, contemporary art productions, and the printed medium. Alongside the fair itself, the event offers a supporting programme made up of various talks, performances, and music. In addition, there is a radio station set up especially for the fair to broadcast the accompanying programme. Entry to the event is free of charge.
Florence Design Week
The Florence Design Week describes itself as a multidisciplinary and creative project and is aimed at experts, entrepreneurs, companies, teachers, and students from around the world. Taking the title of “Changing Cultures” this year’s event is dedicated to cities that manage to integrate people from different cultures with the help of design, designers who welcome inspiration from other disciplines, and concepts and design solutions pursuing a strong ethical and sustainable focus. The event presents a combination of lifestyle and ecological sustainability and wishes to stimulate an aesthetic debate combining functional, visual, and ethical aspects.
The concept of CXI lies in the joint project presentation by clients and agencies, because many aspects play a part in the success of a corporate and brand identity project – particularly the quality of collaboration. This is why the format presents both positions and explains where problems may lie and how to find solutions. The CXI conference is organised by the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and is one of the largest corporate and brand identity conferences in Europe, attended by over 700 people every year. This year’s speakers include Achim Heine from Heine, Lenz, Zizka based in Berlin, Jan Metzler from the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and Didrik Fjeldstad from SAS. Standard tickets cost 139 euros and 20 euros for students.
Stuttgarter Symposium für Produktentwicklung
The Stuttgart symposium for product development consists of a forum and a conference. During the forum on 28 June 2017, well-known companies will present their strategies and exchange experiences in practice. The conference for industry and research on the following day will offer experts and scientists an overview of the current state of research and present new methods, solutions, and technologies for product development. The aim of the symposium is to bring international representatives of various disciplines together and encourage active networking. Entry to the forum on 28 June 2017 costs 495 euros and 195 euros for the conference; the price for a combined ticket is 595 euros.
The ninth international and interdisciplinary Fashionclash Festival will be taking place in Maastricht from 29 June to 2 July 2017. During the fourday event, over 150 up-and-coming fashion designers and artists will have the opportunity to present their work to an international audience. Under the slogan “Fashion Makes Sense”, there will be a supporting programme of fashion shows, exhibitions, awards, talks, a design market, and drama and dance performances curated by the Fashion Makes Sense Lab. The theme of „senses“ and the „creation of meaning“ will be discussed against the background that in the world of fashion visual impulses are mainly used and the fact that, comparatively, the fashion industry creates much environmental pollution.
Design Parade Hyères
This year will be the twelfth time that the Design Parade in Hyères is taking place. The festival is based on an international competition for up-and-coming designers combined with exhibitions and discussions. The event is organised by the Villa Noailles, dedicated to supporting young designers. The Design Parade takes place in both Hyères and Toulon. The event in Hyères focuses in general on the discipline of design, whereas the one in Toulon is specialised in interior design. The programme in Hyères includes various exhibitions, installations, and discussions. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to visit different designers and artists in their studios and ateliers.